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Columns

  • Is it any wonder we're scared to death?

    There’s been a lot of clucking and moaning the past few years about the phenomenon of over-protective parents who hover over their kids like helicopters, shielding them from the “real world” and not letting them learn to navigate life’s difficulties on their own.

    We want our children to stand up for themselves, but we don’t want them to get seriously hurt when we could have done something to prevent it.

  • Got the flu? Watch out for you

    You’d think we have evolved.

    You’d think we’re too educated, wise and high-tech to fall for schemes akin to all those miracle tonics, potions, salves and elixirs of yesteryear.

    You’d think we’re far too advanced to even get sick at all.

    But scams and hype abound in the face of 21st-century illness and flu, especially for those who can’t find or qualify for a shot.

    Beware of scams, warn the Food and Drug Administration and Associated Press.

  • Christmas Flotilla organizers hope to make event a Brunswick County tradition

    When it comes to the holidays, it’s all about tradition.

    Some families always flock to the same relative’s house for the same traditional dinner and traditional holiday events. Some families take the same vacation each year and enjoy the holidays from an exotic, tropical or secluded location.

    Other families, OK, my family, can always count on one or two members to intake just a bit too much holiday cheer and cause a commotion that becomes an annual tradition in itself when the story is retold year after year.

  • Do we need another version of 'A Christmas Carol?'

    Too many versions of the classic Charles Dickens’ story “A Christmas Carol” run through my head whenever the subject is brought up.

    The first one that comes to mind is my favorite, the 1970 English musical version, “Scrooge” starring Albert Finney.

    I love Christmas. I love musicals. I love English accents. To me, there’s no greater version of this story of redemption, greed and the Christmas spirit than this.

  • Every vote really counts; just take a look at this election

    We’ve said it many times before. Every vote counts.

    If you have had any doubts about that, check out election results from last week’s municipal elections. In many local races, decisions about who will lead Brunswick County towns was decided by a small number of voters.

    In Calabash, with unofficial results available, about 40 votes separated the lead person elected to the board of commissioners and two incumbents who weren’t able to retain their seats.

  • Stories online, videos, slideshows, Twitter, Facebook and more, oh my!

    Each week, The Brunswick Beacon produces a top-quality newspaper our readers have come to expect from us.

    From updates on the latest news and events, to profiles on people, places and sports, we’re doing our best to cover Brunswick County from as many local angles as we can.

    Our print product, which is in boxes and newsstands each Wednesday morning will continue to be our main focus. We want to continue to grow the size and content of the Beacon so each week you feel like you’re getting the most comprehensive news source created for Brunswick County.

  • 'Astro Boy' lots of fun for kids

    If you ask my 7-year-old, “Astro Boy” is the best movie ever made. I wouldn‘t go that far.

    For kids ages 7 and older, you can’t get much more exciting than this computer animated action hero story about a grieving scientist father, voiced by Nicolas Cage, who creates a robot version of his lost son.

    The robot, “Astro,” must then find his place in the world. In the process, he befriends other “orphans,” becomes a fighter and eventually, saves the world.

  • Stagestruck Players to present 'Charlotte's Web'

    One of my first memories of falling in love with a book happened in second grade.

    Each day, our teacher would read to us from E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web,” and we would all sit on the edge of our seats waiting to learn what happened next. It was like our own kid-friendly serial drama.

    The happenings at Mr. Zuckerman’s farm and the interactions between the Wilbur, Charlotte, Templeton and the gang were enough to keep us interested until the final page.

  • Halloween isn’t here yet, and here I go asking you about Thanksgiving, Christmas

    I know, I know. I was just writing about Halloween and all things ghostly and paranormal, and before the holiday even gets here, I’m changing directions and looking beyond it.

    Yes, folks, it’s time to think about the other holidays—Thanksgiving and Christmas.

  • Since when does four years make something an artifact?

    Two weeks ago, I was surfing the Internet, looking for deals on Thomas the Train accessories, when my computer screen went black. There was no warning—it just quit.

    I decided to do a little troubleshooting before resorting to calling the tech support line.

    First I jiggled the cord. Nothing happened. Then I unplugged and re-plugged it several times. Nothing happened. Then I dug out the manual and even pretended read a page or two. Still, nothing happened.